Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old engineering student, has died after a shark attack in Cape Cod. Medici was reportedly boogie boarding when he was knocked off of his board and attacked by a shark, according to Massachusetts State Police.
“He loved life, he was an active member of a Christian church, devoting his life to the Lord. He participated in the praise group of the church in Revere and was very involved in all of the church activities,” a GoFundMe page set up for Medici read.
“He loved hiking, biking, surfing and various other sports. There was never a bad time for him. He was always joyful and willing to help others, even going as far as feeding the homeless. Our lives are are never going to be the same without him. His laughter filled our home and he will be greatly missed by us all.”
From the report:
Following the attack Medici was brought to the shore by his friend where CPR was performed on him and beach goers tried to make a tourniquet to stop the blood flow, according to CBS.
He was taken to a Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he died, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. The details of his injuries have not been revealed.
The beach was closed after the vicious attack and police released his identity Saturday evening.
Local fisherman and surfer Joe Booth said he was on the shore and witnessed the shark’s strike. He said the victim aggressively kicked something behind him then he saw a flicker of a tail in the water.
The shark attack is currently being investigated by state police. This marks just the fourth deadly attack by a shark in the history of Massachusetts, with previous deaths coming in 1830, 1897, and 1936.
Our deepest condolences are with Medici’s family during this time.